This is my least favorite week of the year. For many, this week is overwhelming with assignments and last-minute preparation for finals. Although I can’t say that I personally enjoy “Hell week,” as it is so aptly called, I can say this much: academic Hell week holds no candle to the heartache that is watching your dear friends head off into the sunset. With only one semester left to tackle, I can’t imagine how unrecognizable this place will be without so many people who have made AU home to me. The Andersonian won’t be the same without my partner in crime, either. My dear “soupmate,” Noel, I love you. Thank you for every single thing you have done to make this year my favorite one yet.
– Nikki Edrington, Editor in Chief
It’s a serious challenge to summarize my college experience in this little space. I could literally write a book about the life-altering relationships and memories I’ve gained (hey, maybe I will). I remember lugging boxes into my dinky Rice Hall room, tearfully wondering how I would ever find home in this place. Flash forward to the last few days of senior year, and I’m wondering how I could possibly move on from somewhere I’ve found belonging and friendship. The Andersonian office has provided a lot of that. Nikki, I simply can’t express how thankful I am for your editing expertise and, most importantly, your incredible friendship. You truly have been the greatest blessing of my senior year. Thank you, Hannah and Alec, for providing wonderful conversations and laughter. You are all going to do such amazing things!
–Noel Marquis, Associate Editor
Cliches are an interesting thing. Sure, they can be annoying and overstated, but part of what makes them a cliche is that they are true. The truest cliche I’ve heard, and most applicable for this year, has to be: “time flies.” How can another year already be behind us? The past two years on this staff sure have flown by and the hours spent in the office have been so memorable. A sincere thank you to the rest of the Andersonian staff for the laughs and deep conversations we’ve shared in this office. It’s been a privilege to be the Sports Editor and get to know you all.
-Alec Brown, Sports Editor
I can’t even begin to process how quickly this last year has passed by. It seems like we just arrived on campus for another year, hauling our things into new homes and our hearts into new experiences. But here we are. Another year has come and gone, and the future is becoming way too real and intimidating. I will be forever thankful to this year for teaching me more about myself, helping me grow more initmately in my relationship with Christ and finding people that help me feel valued. I am so grateful for AU and for the Andersonian for pushing me to trust in God’s calling and pursue the Lord faithfully.
–Hannah Ader, Copy Editor